The Washington Times - August 4, 2009, 06:37PM

 

The relationship between Buick and the PGA Tour is over. The Buick Open and Warwick Hills? That’ll get a different name. Ditto for the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. 

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It was an inevitable moved after the General Motors’ restructuring. And it is unclear whether the PGA Tour will even remain in Michigan, as the loss of the sponsorship brings the entire future of the tournament in question. 

The PGA Tour tomorrow will announced a replacement of the Buick Open for 2010. The tour said it remains interested in staying in Michigan and is “exploring opportunities.”

The tour will continue talks with the Century Club of San Diego about a new sponsorship for the tournament at Torrey Pines.

From the release from the PGA Tour and Buick:

“Buick and the PGA TOUR have shared a strong five-decade long mutually beneficial relationship that has seen phenomenal growth in professional golf through the years. Buick would like to express its appreciation to the TOUR,  which has been a fantastic partner and good friend. 

The PGA TOUR expresses its sincere appreciation to Buick for its longstanding support and being such a valuable partner of the TOUR, dating back 51 years with the Buick Open, and looks forward to continuing discussions about the future.”